An Introduction From Our New Story Coordinator
My name is Lauren Scantlebury and I am the new Story Coordinator for See Stories. My pronouns are she/her and I live on Dena’ina land. My role is to help share See Stories’ organizational story through grant writing and reporting and to support Alaskans in exploring their own stories. I am thrilled to contribute to this transformative nonprofit and am grateful to be part of such a dynamic team!
See Stories’ mission speaks to me on many levels. I am passionate about creativity – nurturing my own and helping others do the same – and believe that sharing stories can be powerfully healing for individuals and for communities. My role with See Stories is a natural extension of my work as a writer, musician, and community artist. As a singer-songwriter, I have been performing in Anchorage and surrounding areas for a decade and released my debut album Emerging in 2020. I also write essay, memoir, and young adult fiction and will soon be releasing a creativity workbook: Storysharing for Joy. I am excited to bring my love for writing and music into my role with See Stories.
I also appreciate See Stories’ celebration of diversity and inclusion. My own identity involves too many heritages to list and I am proud of them all. I was raised in South Naknek – a small village in Bristol Bay – until the age of ten, when I moved to Anchorage. I attended college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where I took courses in education, psychology, healthcare, social transformation, writing, and music. I am enthusiastic about working for a nonprofit that rests at the intersection of many of these interests. I am looking forward to honing my skills as a grant writer and creator at See Stories and am grateful for the opportunity to work in service to youth and community!
When not working or creating, this fall I can be found: walking in West Anchorage with my husband and our two rescue dachshunds, re-reading all seven Harry Potter novels, and putting puzzles together late into the night.